Earlier this month, the company said it would support open-source operating system FreeBSD in its Windows Server Hyper-V products. According to a post on its Openness blog, Microsoft partnered with NetApp and Citrix to develop high-performance drivers for Hyper-V. It also enlisted the help of Insight Global, Inc., a technical staffing organization, to develop VMBUS drivers for the project.
Of course, this news came as a big plus for FreeBSD users, but the sole comment on the Microsoft Openness blog clamored for other platform support.
“Now, I’m waiting [for Microsoft to give] support to [D]ebian,” the commenter wrote.
The drivers will be released later this year in the vague “summer” window.
Earlier this year, Microsoft appeared for the first time on the top 20 list of Linux contributors, and OpenNebula, an open source project, gained final Hyper-V drivers.]]>
The drivers, as detailed in an OpenNebula blog post, enable support and management of an OpenNebula cloud via Microsoft’s hypervisor, bringing it up to speed with third-party virtualization products already supported on the platform. Then, admins can manage the Hyper-V-based clouds through any number of interfaces, including OpenNebula’s CLI, OpenNebula’s Web interface or other cloud services like Amazon’s EC2 infrastructure.
According to the release notes, VLAN tagging, which is used when VLANs are operationalized across multiple switches, is not yet supported
OpenNebula first released a prototype of Hyper-V support in late October and version 3.2 is the first build considered to be a stable release.
It comes after Microsoft said late last year the company would support Hyper-V clouds being built using the OpenNebula framework. And, Microsoft says it’s committed to openness and supporting open source projects like OpenNebula. The company also supports a similar platform, OpenStack.]]>